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Travel Blogs from Yogyakarta
... at least.
Anyway, we are on our train, and moving on now, looking forward to spending some time in a new place, which sells itself as the heart of Java, a calm artistic town, full of coffee shops, art galleries and a town which holds the Javanese culture close to its heart. Our travel book reads that Jakarta is the pumping engine of Java, and Yogakarta is the heart of Java – which sounds nice doesn’t it? We don’t know much about the history of Java, ...
... another Asian city. They seem so familiar to me now, as you might expect. This note will be short, mostly just to introduce a set of photos for those interested in seeing them.
Here, I visited the sultan's palace, where one still resides, a revered figure of almost quasi god-like stature, a water palace built a few hundred years ago as a recreational retreat, and the streets of the Kraton, a walled area around the ...
... are still requiring reconstruction, but many of the main ones have had the tiresome work completed and it’s fair to say that they are quite spectacular. Our guide explained a lot about the history, however since there were so many names and facts we promptly forgot about 99% of the information, but it was still worth having a guide to help us get a better sense of things. They are in a state of constant renovation and much damage was done to the complex, especially the Shiva temple ...
... day's ride, followed by dinner and generally in bed before 8pm. Repeat.
This week we left Cipanas on Monday morning and had the novelty of mostly flat, mostly well-paved road for the first half of the day. We travelled at reasonable speed through flat farmlands and along a canal for most of the morning, and for the first time saw evidence of bicycles as a form of adult ...
... probably all it had going for it - and we don't even like iced tea..!
We entered the temple, donned the mandatory sarongs (which were a stylish blue this time) and set off. Our first stop was the museum (which was brief) and a display of a ship. This had been constructed as a replica of one depicted in bas-relief on Borobudur temple, and was typical of those which ran the trader's Cinnamon route. Upon completion, the replica ...
Other places to stay in Yogyakarta
Jalan Prawirotaman I/15a, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $17
Jl. Prawirotaman 2 No.71, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $19
Jl. Gerilya (Jl. Prawirotaman) MG III/595, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $11
Jalan Prawirotaman 1. No 40, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $10
Jl. Prawirotaman 37, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $12